About 100 soldiers from both sides were killed in the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said 49 Armenian soldiers were killed in the attacks.
Azerbaijan says 50 of its soldiers have been killed.
Yerevan. About 100 soldiers from both sides were killed in the fighting on the border of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Along with this, the long-standing enmity between the two countries has also increased. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Tuesday that 49 Armenian soldiers were killed in late-night attacks by Azerbaijan. At the same time, Azerbaijan has said that 50 of its soldiers have been killed. The ceasefire between the two countries was mediated by Russia and around 2,000 Russian troops were stationed as peacekeepers in the area under the ceasefire agreement. Russia has called for maintaining friendly relations with the two former Soviet countries.
According to Armenia’s Defense Ministry, Azerbaijan’s military launched artillery and drone strikes. The ministry said fighting continued into the day despite Russia’s immediate mediation efforts for a ceasefire. He said the shelling had subsided, but Azerbaijani troops were still trying to advance into Armenian territory. Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that Armenian forces opened fire on army posts in three districts of the country, and that Armenian attackers laid landmines in these areas.
It said Azerbaijan’s forces suffered an unspecified number of casualties and “strongly retaliated.” Azerbaijan said it launched the attack late Monday and early Tuesday in response to attacks by Armenia. Meanwhile, India on Tuesday appealed to the two countries to end aggression and immediately end hostilities, saying that no issue can be resolved through military conflict. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India believes that bilateral disputes should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.
Significantly, the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh has been going on for decades. Nagorno-Karabakh is part of Azerbaijan, but has been under the control of Armenian-backed forces since the end of the separatist war in 1994. In 2020, more than 6,600 people were killed in the six-week war between the two. Armenia has announced that it will complain to the Russian-led CSTO and the United Nations Security Council about the firing by Azerbaijan in its Security Council. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and detailed the whole matter and asked for help.
First published: 14 September 2022, 02:38 IST